Requirements for manufacturing infant formula

Babies have a less developed immune system than healthy adults. Babies can get sick easier, so higher food manufacturing standards are required. Find out about the requirements for manufacturing infant formula.

Food safety for infant formula manufacturing

There are food safety requirements you must meet if you manufacture dairy-based:

  • infant formula products (for example, infant formula and follow-on formula)
  • formulated supplementary foods for young children.

There are also requirements to meet if you manufacture dairy-based ingredients represented as intended for use in any of these products. This does not include ingredients that make up less than 0.5% of the final product.

Find the requirements in:

Animal Products Notice: Manufacture of Dairy Based Infant Formula Products and Formulated Supplementary Foods for Young Children [PDF, 523 KB]

This notice covers:

  • premises, equipment, and personnel
  • cleaning and maintenance
  • raw materials and formulations
  • manufacture
  • validation
  • on-site verification.

You must also meet the regular requirements for dairy products. These can be found in:

Animal Products (Dairy Processing Specifications) Notice 2011 [PDF, 189 KB]

DCP 1: Animal Products (Dairy) Approved Criteria for General Dairy Processing [PDF, 224 KB]

You must also meet Food Standards Code requirements:

Food Standards Code – Food Standards Australia New Zealand

Exporting infant formula

If you are exporting infant formula, there are export requirements you must meet:

Animal Products Notice: Export Requirements for Infant Formula Products and Formulated Supplementary Foods for Young Children [PDF, 211 KB]

Animal Products Notice: Labelling Requirements for Exports of Dairy Based Infant Formula Products and Formulated Supplementary Food for Young Children [PDF, 269 KB]

Overseas market access requirements (OMARs) – Search OMARs by country/market

Find out more about exporting infant formula:

Register as an infant formula, milk powder, or dairy exporter

Who to contact

If you have questions about requirements for manufacturing infant formula, email info@mpi.govt.nz

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